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'Master Harold’… and the boys Tickets

'Master Harold’… and the boys Tickets

21 Sep 2019 - 17 Dec 2019

'Master Harold’… and the boys Information

1950. Apartheid South Africa.

St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.

Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents' tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he's Master Harold, and they are the boys.

Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard's semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

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Run time

1hr 40mins (no interval)

Opening date

September 21st, 2019

Closing date

December 17th, 2019


Lyttelton Theatre

Cast and creative

By: Athol Fugard
Director: Roy Alexander Weise
Cast list: Anson Boon, Lucian Msamati, Hammed Animashaun
Design: Rajha Shakiry
Lighting: Paule Constable
Costume: Rajha Shakiry
Choreography: Shelley Maxwell
Sound: Giles Thomas

Our review

Master Harold and the Boys

Athol Fugard's 1982 play 'Master Harold'... and the Boys is, in his own words, "probably the most intensely personal thing I have ever written". And a nakedly autobiographical play, based on his own childhood relationship to two black waiters who worked at his mother's tea room (a South African term for park cafe) in his native Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, deserves an autobiographical response from me. I, too, was born and brought up in apartheid-era South Africa - and my childhood self...

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